Digging Out

{Literally, and figuratively.} 

After a month of illness {January} and a month of snow {February}, I feel like I am finally getting a little traction around these parts. I'm kinda-sorta on top of laundry. The house is less of a disaster than it normally is. I'm caught up on blogs. I'm going to tackle the email inbox next. (In other words... I'm woefully behind on responses. I'm sorry!) I've handed  off one big job to a printer, and am about 75% done with another big job. My kids are [mostly] happy and healthy. I see a chunk of time later this week that might involve sewing.

This is good. 

So rather than address all the happenings here in individual posts... I'm "allowing" myself one "catch-up" post where I address it all. Hang on tight friends... this is gonna be a long one! 

First up, Milo Day! 


Milo Day

Oh, Milo. I really cannot comprehend/grasp/absorb the fact that Milo has been home a year now. I feel like it's been so much less time than that. I attribute that to the fact that time does seem to go faster the older you get... and the fact that toddler adoption is a whole different universe than infant adoption! (But that really is a whole other post.) 

Milo asked for two things for "Milo Day" ... chips and cake. 

So, chips he got...


So, chips he got...

And cake he got...


And cake he got...

But... It was not all rainbows and unicorns. We had yet another flurry of snow come through and he and I had to spend some time clearing the walk. Milo spent that time outside, crying... telling me "All done" repeatedly. So when it came time to carry all the trash down to the cans and wheel them out, I decided to be nice to Milo. I let him go inside and sit on the steps where he could watch. I gave him his book and his sip cup. Did he sit there nicely and read his book and have his drink?! No. Instead, he pooped in his pants... and then proceeded to play with it. In the process, he managed to get it all over the floors, walls, and carpeted stairs of the front entrance. Not to mention himself. We are talking everywhere people. Let's just say... it was not my best parenting moment when I discovered him. I was most definitely NOT the mama who calmly redirected her child and said "Oh no, we don't do that!" In fact, my head may have spun on my shoulders and my voice probably reached new decibels. Like I said... not my best moment. 

Only Milo could sully "Milo Day" so spectacularly. 

But he did get cake after all that... so I still think he won. 

{Also... poor "second child syndrome" ... The first child received a nice long post about his day, full of photos... and probably a video. The second child?! A few quick photos. Ugh.}


Valentines Day

Next up was Valentines Day. Spencer had been adamant for weeks that he didn't want to do valentines this year. Then, 24 hours prior... he decided he did. All I can say is thank goodness for awesome downloadable, printable valentines... and the design skills to make them our own. One day, he will thank me for staying up until midnight the night before assembling 42 of these... right?! (And in true Spencer fashion... he apparently had several sweethearts lined up for the big day.) 

And, without missing a beat... there was another celebration to be had! Lunar New Year...


Seollal

Or, Lunar New Year. In Korea, Lunar New Year is one of the biggest holidays, and has many traditions associated with it. The main themes around the holiday are love of family, respect for ancestors, and wishes for health and prosperity. 

Just as we have in years past... we ate yummy Korean food (this year was the traditional ttukguk along with jap chae) and made the littles don their traditional Korean clothes... aka hanboks. But this year was also very different... Milo was home (he was still in Korea last year!), we had mountains of snow, and Spencer had a new hanbok to wear! (Thanks to our awesome friends who went shopping on our behalf! Nothing like realizing after you return home that the hanbok is too small. Sigh.) 

If you are interested in reading more, the Korea Tourism site has some good info. If you just want to see the photos... keep scrolling. :) 

새해 복 많이 받으세요!


Aside from all that... there was a smattering of other stuff going on. A post-Superbowl visit to Gillette Stadium (in the snow, natch), a haircut, a surprise card from Milo's foster mother, and lots and lots of time in the snow. (And a wee bit of stir craziness mixed in...) I'm sharing all but the snow photos here. Those need a post of their own. (Because there are just that many. Sigh.) 


Pre-haircut...


Pre-haircut...

Post haircut. That's not exactly what I would call "the tiniest of trims" ... which is what I asked for. 


Post haircut. That's not exactly what I would call "the tiniest of trims" ... which is what I asked for. 

At least it brings out his eyes...


At least it brings out his eyes...


Milo spent many, many hours studying that card.


Milo spent many, many hours studying that card.


Getting the crazies out at dinner....


Getting the crazies out at dinner....

Monkey see, monkey do...


Monkey see, monkey do...

... and the winner of the "crazy face"...


... and the winner of the "crazy face"...


A stop at one of our favorite coffee shops and some great light meant a quick scouting session for future photos... with my ever cooperative model. HA. 


Whew. That felt like a LOT.